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The One Who Wrote Destiny

by Nikesh Shukla

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The One Who Wrote Destiny

A wonderfully provocative and emotionally beautiful read, where for one family, whether or not destiny exists becomes incredibly significant. We see snapshots in time, of compelling and expressive moments for Mukesh, Neha, Rakesh and Ba. Set in different time frames, and not told sequentially, we begin to see how events from the past create our future, yet is it destiny or free will that shape our movements, our decisions? Nikesh Shukla writes with a wonderfully light touch, yet he hits with hammer hard intensity. I laughed, I cried, I wondered at people’s propensity to hate, to fear, for violence. Each family member is so clearly and individually expressed, I particularly enjoyed getting to know Raks through the eyes of others, it actually made me feel more of a connection with him, for him. Poignant and stimulating, The One Who Wrote Destiny has an immense subtlety, the words dance across the page, before rising up from an unexpected direction to challenge thoughts and feelings - highly recommended.  

Liz Robinson

The One Who Wrote Destiny Synopsis

A beautiful, brilliant modern classic. Sabrina Mahfouz, Guardian, Best Summer Books 2018 Neha has just been diagnosed with the same terminal cancer that killed her mother. Was this her destiny? She codes a computer program to find out, one that intricately maps out her entire life and the lives of those closest to her: her dad, who left Kenya for windblown northern England; her brother, a struggling comedian whose star is finally beginning to rise; her grandmother, who lost the man she loved to racist violence. By understanding the past, Neha hopes to come to terms with her present - and reckon with her family's and her country's future.

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The One Who Wrote Destiny Press Reviews

I loved it. It's wise and absorbing and the voices of all the characters are so incredibly distinct. A triumph. - Louise O'Neill, author of 'Almost Love and Asking For It'

The One Who Wrote Destiny is a stunning novel. It speaks to vital issues of the day, but it's also a beautiful tale of the threads of family. Pull at one and you'll find a whole, enchanting tapestry to behold. - The Skinny

Be utterly transported by this wonderfully written tale of family, immigration and family bonds. - Emerald Street

The novel captures the changing faces of racism with memorable vividness. - Sunday Times

A beautifully written and thought-provoking piece of work, which balances humour, anger and melancholy in a way that is charming and utterly engrossing. - The List

Written with such vitality that it lives beyond its ending. - i Magazine

Very funny but packs a hell of an emotional punch. It's an intimate epic, spanning continents and decades but rooted in the internal life of its characters. - Nish Kumar, stand-up comedian and actor

A beautiful, brilliant modern classic. - Sabrina Mahfouz, Guardian best summer reads 2018

A funny, moving novel about what we inherit and what we create for ourselves. - Sunday Times, Best Summer Reads 2018

Intelligent, devastating and gorgeously entertaining, this is a novel that expresses its anger with just the right level of fun. - Financial Times

A wise and moving novel about family, love and the people we're destined to be - Stylist

Fascinating, funny and thoughtful. - Bernardine Evaristo, Observer

Funny, profound and by far Shukla's most ambitious novel to date. - Alfred Hickling, Observer

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ISBN: 9781786492807
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781786492784
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786492807
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Nikesh Shukla
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Migration, immigration & emigration,

About Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is a London-based author, filmmaker and poet. His writing has featured on BBC2, BBC Radio 1 and 4, BBC Asian Network and Resonance FM. He has performed at Royal Festival Hall, Book Club Boutique, Soho Theatre, The Big Chill, Rise Festival and Glastonbury. He is currently working on a sitcom for Channel 4.

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